Art and Education in Texas and Mexico: Mexican Americans and the "Nutcracker"

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The arts are an often neglected but important part of the education of young Mexican Americans in South Texas and Mexico. The performing arts--especially dance--are available through private companies. Costs and efforts are shared with public schools, exposing students to such classics as "Cascanueces" (The Nutcracker).


Keywords: Mexican-Americans, Dance, Ballet
Stream: Art and Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Art and Education in Texas and Mexico


Dr. Gary Mounce

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Texas--Pan American
Edinburg, Texas, USA

Dr. Mounce teaches Latin American Politics at the University of Texas--Pan American, Edinburg, Texas. He has also taught at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, and La Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico. One of his most recent upper division courses was Arts and Culture in Latin America. He performs (character roles) with, and supports a ballet company in South Texas, helping to bring the joys of "Cascanueces," or the Nutcracker ballet to thousands of young Mexican American and Mexican children.

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